The 5 New iOS7 Features That Will Change The Way You Use Your iPhone

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People have not stopped talking about iOS 7, Apple’s latest upgrade to the iPhone operating system. Praise, complaints, and traffic-hawking blog posts about iOS 7 began flying around ever since the release of the new Apple operating system a few weeks ago. Along with a completely different look and feel, Apple’s hit us with some new features and large improvements to things that weren’t all that valuable in iOS 6, but are now going to change the way you interact with your iPhone.

But with every new OS update comes issues. Problems ran the gamut from frustration with shortened battery life to anger that iOS 7′s new parallax wallpaper display was making them physically ill (now fixed in the 7.0.3 update).

Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad. And for every new problem that arises from a new feature there are simple fixes you can learn how to do in 60 seconds.

At Grovo, an online learning platform that trains people on leading cloud and mobile apps, we came up with the top 5 features that will affect iPhone users the most and video tips to make everything even better.

1) Quickly Access Tools and Settings on the Fly with Control Center

Control Center is the new one-stop overlay for many of the functions previously obscured or hidden in a subsection of the settings app like, such as “Airplane Mode,” “Wi-Fi,” “Bluetooth,”"Do Not Disturb,” and “Portrait Orientation Lock.” Just by swiping up on your screen you bring up a menu that allows you to change your phone’s brightness, connect to wifi and take pictures. Apple’s even included a native flashlight option for those of us who are sick of accidentally tapping an advertisement on an outside flashlight app.

By default, Control Center can be accessed from within any app, or directly from the lock screen. However, you can adjust this by opening the “Settings” app and choosing “Control Center.” Here, you can choose to disable Control Center from appearing on the “Lock Screen” or “Within Apps.” All in all, control center grouped together the functions you used most and were hardest to get to, in a warm, easy-to-use menu that sits on top of the screen you’re currently using.

2) Use AirDrop to Share a File With a Nearby Friend

AirDrop may be the most useful addition to iOS 7. Easy sharing continues to be a selling point for any device, and now with AirDrop, you can send any “shareable” content to any other iOS 7 user around you. The simplicity is what makes this feature so valuable: you need only to tap a person’s name to send them a picture or article even if you’re not connected to wifi. You don’t need to bump fists; you don’t need to create a shared folder; you just need to select a file and send it off.

To start, make sure that the person you want to share a file with has AirDrop enabled for either “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” in their “Control Center.” Then, find the file that you’d like to share over AirDrop, such as a photo you captured with your phone or a contact, and hit “Share.” In the “AirDrop” section, select the person who you’d like to share with.

3) ‘Spotlight’ Anything on Your iPhone

Spotlight was present in earlier versions of iOS, but it never worked particularly well. Apple made it easier to access Spotlight, and made its results more informative and easy to understand. While this may seem like a small change, it marks a trend towards simplicity and interoperability between the many working parts of your phone. But not everyone’s happy with the new search configuration. Luckily, you can also adjust what results you get in Spotlight Search, if you’d like. Just follow these simple steps:

4) Good-Vibrations

One of the complaints about iOS7 is the constant vibrating. Creating a custom vibration allows you to pick the pattern that your phone vibrates on when you receive a call, text message, or other notification. This is especially useful if you want to be able to tell your phone’s vibrations apart from other people’s, or want to distinguish different kinds of notifications without looking at your phone. Watch this minute Grovo video to learn how:

5) Keep Apps From Wasting Your Data Plan

Automatic app updates was one of the new iOS7 changes that many people were excited about. However app downloads and updates already data drain fast, so automatic app updates using 3G/4G connection will definitely kill your data.

Your iPhone’s cell coverage plan likely comes with a limited amount of data that you can use. Once you use up your data for a month, you either have to pay for more or wait for the next month to roll around. Some apps may use more data than others, whether you want them to or not, but you can control which apps are allowed to access the internet using your cell connection. Check out the below video to find out how to limit which apps can use cell data:

There are lots of other iOS 7 changes too, including a more intuitive photo experience, expanded multitasking abilities, increased Siri integration and a huge overhaul to Safari. But the changes listed above add up to make the newest operating system for your iPhone a huge improvement, and one that requires a bit of getting used to.

For more iPhone Tips & Tricks, check out Grovo’s iPhone lessons at www.grovo.com/iphone-tips-and-tricks

Daniel Levine is a product analyst at Grovo.com, the world’s quickest and simplest learning company. He writes the lessons that teach you how to use your favorite Web products and introduce you to the products you didn’t know existed.

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